The ARC-M1 Combustor which was designed and built in our research group (Dr. Eric Wood) has been featured by Argonne National Laboratory. We have been working with Argonne’s supercomputing team and the Army Research Laboratory to develop and also model the M1 combustor for the past two years. The M1 combustor serves to both investigate advanced physics for Army relevant applications and also for prescreening of sustainable aviation fuels with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Our Office of Naval Research MURI on hypersonic turbulence and chemistry interaction is featured in Aerospace America.
Students Eric Wood and Caleb Trotter along with Dr. Eric Mayhew (ARL) and Dr. Alan Kastengren (Argonne) successfully completed the recent campaign at the Argonne Advanced Photon Source to carry out X-ray radiography in the M1 gas turbine combustor. Current tests were geared towards understanding lean blow out and ignition physics at high altitude conditions for the M1 combustor. The M1 combustor is being developed as a standard platform for investigating combustion physics for both Army relevant UAS applications (through Center for UAS Propulsion) and for integration for sustainable aviation fuels (FAA).